Theodor Geisel was an American illustrator, poet and author, who rhymed his way into the hearts of adoring children all over the world. But you probably know him by his middle name – Seuss – as in Dr. Seuss. March 2nd is Seuss’ 110th birthday – his Day of all Days, his Best of the Best.
Known for his refusal to be limited by paltry constraints such as real words, Seuss’ books overflowed with nonsense and rhythm, great honkings of joy, and an onomatopoeiac clamor that made children chortle. His mind-blowing gift for rhyme and flair for the silly ensures that his books remain cherished by little (and not-so-little) kids today.
In celebration of a man that’s left readers of all ages with endless entertainment and joy, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most interesting Dr. Seuss sales, from the classics like The Cat In The Hat and How The Grinch Stole Christmas to the obscure, like the once remaindered The Seven Lady Godivas. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss.
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – $9,482
First edition, first printing of Seuss’ 1957 classic including an inscription, “For Stephanie – Best wishes. Dr. Seuss.”
2. The Cat In The Hat – $3,152
First edition, first printing from 1956. The book was signed, with a beautiful color illustration of The Cat In The Hat.
3. And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street – $2,000
A first edition dating back to 1937.
4. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – $1,750
A 1938 first edition. Inscribed, “For all the Todd’s, again. Dr. Seuss.”
5. Green Eggs and Ham – $1,750
A signed first edition, second printing from 1960.
6. Signed letter including an illustration of The Cat In The Hat. - $1,650
Postmarked June 20th, 1984, the letter was a response to a request to sign books and a question about the availability of prints. The letter was signed as both Dr. Seuss and Theodor S. Geisel.
7. Butter Battle Book – $1,650
A signed first edition of one of Seuss’ lesser known titles. In it he wrote, “And a Happy Birthday to You! Dr. Seuss”.
8. Fox in Socks – $1,488
A 1965 first edition of a Seuss classic.
9. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – $1,250
A first edition signed, “For Gretchen. Dr. Seuss”. Published in 1990, this was the last book Seuss wrote.
10.The Seven Lady Godivas, with a typed and hand-signed letter from Dr. Seuss. – $1,250
The Seven Lady Godivas was one of Seuss’ few attempts at an adult book. It was a flop when released in 1939 and eventually remaindered. The book was republished in 1987. Dated May 18th, 1978, the included letter reads:
Dear Mrs. Moorhead:
Thank you for your interest in my ill-fated 7 Lady Godivas. In answer to your questions:
1. The other 9,950 copies were “remaindered”. That means they were disposed of Newsdealers and cigar stores where they were sold for what they would bring, which was something like 25 cents a copy. 2. It is sort of a “collector’s item” today. Occasionally I hear of a copy that changes hands for about one hundred dollars.
I am very flattered to hear that you are one of the select-and-exclusive-few who really seemed to enjoy it.
“Dr. Seuss”, Theodor S. Geisel